Vote Notes on Legislation
February 4, 2021 Vote Notes on Legislation
Marjorie Taylor Greene is a freshman Congresswoman with an extensive history of Internet outbursts that range from bizarre to frightening. Yet, for some reason not readily apparent to the outside world, the people of the 14th District of Georgia elected her to represent them in the House with nearly 75% of the vote.
January 21, 2021 Vote Notes on Legislation
Federal law forbids recently retired officers from serving as Secretary of Defense for some very good reasons. Civilian control of the military is a bulwark of our freedom. I voted to suspend this law for James Mattis and it was a big mistake. If general officers aspire to advancement in this manner, I am very concerned it will naturally politicize their acts to curry favor with whichever party they expect to be in power. I have grown increasingly wary of inbred corporate culture within any bureaucracy and it is especially dangerous within an armed bureaucracy.
December 21, 2020 Vote Notes on Legislation
December 21, 2020
November 20, 2020 Vote Notes on Legislation
The National Apprenticeship program is an 80-year old superannuated program that has become so ossified and bureaucratized that it is no longer a serious factor in employment...
September 22, 2020 Vote Notes on Legislation
Just how long is the road we keep kicking this can down? This is another continuing resolution that extends federal spending until December 11, 2020, in order to get past the election. It’s a good bet we’ll see another one to get past the inauguration. And then to get past summer recess. What’s not a good bet is that this Congress will deal with the horrendous deficit it has created by ignoring its budget responsibilities.
September 17, 2020 Vote Notes on Legislation
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 already prohibits discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or a related condition. This bill adds an undefined mandate for “reasonable accommodation” which opens a pandora’s box of litigation. Large corporations might bear this burden, small employers could find it devastating. Ironically, the unintended effect could result in employers avoiding the potential liability when making hiring decisions. It also cedes law-making authority to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to carry out this act – meaning the EEOC would make law, enforce the law, adjudicate the law and profit from fines imposed under the law – something the Founders sought to avoid by separating legislative, executive and judicial powers.
August 22, 2020 Vote Notes on Legislation
The U.S. Post Office currently has $14 billion in cash reserves, is funded until August of 2021, and has a $10 billion line of credit that it has not used. Although it is required to be self-supporting, it continues to operate at appalling deficits due to its antiquated processes compounded by a dramatic loss of business to the Internet and private carriers. Last year, the bi-partisan U.S. Postal Commission ordered its operations to be streamlined and modernized...
February 13, 2020 Vote Notes on Legislation
The so-called equal rights amendment passed the Congress in 1972 with a seven-year deadline for ratification. In that period, it failed to get the required 38 states to ratify it. This year, 40 years late, Virginia became the 38th state to ratify it, while five states have rescinded their earlier ratifications. No matter. With this resolution, the Democrats propose to retro-actively repeal the clear expiration date in the amendment, count all states that have ratified it AFTER it expired and ignore all the states that have since rescinded their ratifications and declare it the 28th Amendment to the Constitution. This is the stuff banana republics are made of.
December 19, 2019 Vote Notes on Legislation
This is the trade agreement negotiated by the Trump administration and held up in the House for the last year by the Democrats...